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Art School Confidential

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ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.

Special Features

  • "The Making of Art School Confidential" featurette
  • Sundance featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Blooper reel

Product Details

  • Actors: Anjelica Huston, John Malkovich, Sophia Myles
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Producers: John Malkovich, Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Art School Confidential" on IMDb

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Merritt VINE VOICE on May 22, 2006
Yesterday I went to my local art theater to watch an art film about a future artist attending art school. Whew! I'm glad I got that out!

But lets chat about this art film, shall we? Here we go...

It's got a lot going for it. First and foremost is an impressive script. Obviously the screenwriter, director, producer (or all three) attended art school at some point. And making fun of the people and faculty at such a place is where the comedy in Art School Confidential takes wing. When Jerome (Max Minghella), the main character, begins attending his freshman year at Strathmore Art School, he's quickly introduced to the cliche-riddled cast (the cliche is purposeful and pulled off just as well as the movie GALAXY QUEST). He meets the burned-out art teacher Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich), the beautiful model that every male wants named Audrey (Sophia Myles), the angry lesbian, the teacher's pet/kiss-a$$, the drug addled film student, and a splash of others. There's also a strangler on the loose in the neighborhood which will play a vital role in how Jerome's artistic dreams play out.

The ridiculousness of art school is what really makes this movie work. Jerome is obviously very talented, but other artists whiz by him because art is what the artists say art is. It might be a picture of a car, or a man attaching jumper cables to his nipples and letting current run through him, or a mound of plastic chairs.

Jerome wants to be the next Picasso. He studies hard, tries to get noticed, but nothing seems to work. He's also a virgin and wants desperately to get laid but with the wacked out student body at Strathmore, he's got his work cut out for him.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Whittington VINE VOICE on May 13, 2006
Jerome, the ackward, teenaged charecter, spends the first few minutes of the film getting the crap beaten out of him by various bullies. He also can't get laid because, as he puts it, he has high standards. But he has a bigger problem. He wants to be an artist, indeed the greatest artist of the 21st Century. A fine ambition to be sure, but Jerome seems to be more in love with the idea of being an artist than creating art. And that's kind of a paradox, because he's the only person depicted in the film who creates pieces that are worth looking at. His style is somewhat akin to the doomed Jack Dawson from that slightly bigger film, Titanic, rather than that of his idol, Picasso.

Jerome goes to a pretigious, northe eastern art school in hopes of picking up a few grains of wisdom that will help him to fullfill his ambition. The problem is that most of his fellow students and many of his teachers are either pretenders or insane or both. Then he runs into the age old problem of it's not what you know but who you know. Through in a beautiful artists model (the only female worth getting intiment with), a serial killer, and a fiendish plan to become the greatest artist of the 21st Century (or at least the current fashion of this season), and you got a delightfully, snarky little movie that makes the viewer laugh at everything and everyone in it with a mixture of contempt and astonishment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on October 12, 2006
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"Art School Confidential" is directed by Terry Zwigoff, director of "Bad Santa" and is a massively underrated comedy. The movie stars Max Minghella (son of "Cold Mountain" writer/director Anthony Minghella),

Sophia Myles (who's really hot), John Malkovich (one of the best actors alive), Jim Broadbent ("Gangs of New York"), Ethan Suplee ("My Name is Earl"), Nick Swardson ("Grandma's Boy"), Joel David Moore (also "Grandma's Boy"), Steve Buscemi ("Fargo"), and Anjelica Huston ("Daddy Day Care"). Minghella plays Jerome Platz, an aspiring artist who begins attending Strathmore Academy. He arrives at a strange time, since a serial killer is terrorizing the grounds (which has, I admit, become cliche). In one class, Professor Sandiford (Malkovich, terrific as always) informs the students that only 1 out of 100 of them will ever make a living as an artist. Jerome is looking to be that one; In fact, he's aiming really high. He wants to be the greatest artist of the 21st century. Then Jerome meets an art model named Audrey (Myles) and spends the rest of the movie trying to win her over. Problem is, a guy named Jonah (Matt Keeslar) seems to be in the running for her affections as well...Although, Jonah isn't quite who he seems to be. This story isn't typical boy-meets-girl kind of material though. Jerome is kind of weird and is very obsessive of Audrey, so when she doesn't "fall into his arms" it's not really hard to see why. Swardson and Suplee co-star as Jerome's roommates. One of whom is making a movie about the strangler, the other whom may or not be gay. Huston plays an Art Teacher, Broadbent plays an alcoholic artist, and Buscemi plays the owner of a cafe where most artists get their start showing their work. The biggest problem I had with the film was the ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Raymond on May 13, 2006
After having read several reviews of this film, I'm a little shocked at the number of reviewers, both pro and amateur, that somehow just didn't quite get it. Part of the problem seems to be the level of comedy in the first parts of the film. It's absolutely laugh-out-loud funny, especially for anyone who's ever actually attended art school. Given that the film is by Zwigoff/Clowes, I'm guessing a lot of viewers expected comedy all the way. These two don't stop at being comedians, however, and, just as in their first collaboration, Ghost World, things can get a little grim as they lampoon the foibles of modern living. As the film moves past poking fun at the levels of pretension generated by those involved with the art world, it takes a deeper look at a life destroyed by just such pretension, and how far one is willing to go to attain fame and one's obscure object of desire.

Ultimately, we see the lead character, Jerome, in his true light, a true artist, who relates much more to his ideas than to the world around him.

Zwigoff and Clowes, in true artist fashion themselves, may show the audience a bit more than they're really willing to see, cutting deeply into the underlying motivations of people. It's definitely an auteur film that defies the strict categorizations of one specific genre. Even if you don't get or agree with the more psychological aspects of the film, it's worth it just for its biting wit.

Best performance in the film goes to Jim Broadbent as the bitter loser who feels tossed aside by the world of artistic success, only to come up with his own, hideously drastic response as an artist.
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